Re: Lot sizes
From: Peter Goldstein (
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:12:09 -0800 (PST)
Jerry -

Until recently, the cohousing directory had columns for overall footprint
in acres and unit count. You can view it in backup at

With some communities all in one building and others spread over dozens of
acres, lot size means something different in each.

This is just my opinion, but I wouldn't bend over too far backward trying
to fit into existing zoning laws. Where I've done detailed research (near
Boston), nothing even close to cohousing could be built without a variance.

- Peter

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 12:27 PM, Fred H Olson <fholson [at]>

> On Wed, 28 Jan 2015 Jerry McIntire ( wrote:
> >For lot development communities, is there a resource somewhere that lists
> >the lot sizes in different communities? I imagine it varies considerably.
> I
> >could contact a number of communities, but I wonder if someone has a
> >collection of data like this.
> I am not aware of such a list, we'll see if anyone else is.
> For starters, is there a list of cohousing communities that used the
> lot development model?
> A couple thoughts from the discussion here around Jan 17, 2015 with
> Subject: Lot development walkability [was: Getting started ...
> that evolved to a discussion of how zoning and bank loan requirements
> affect density. Do these specifically put a lower limit on lot size?
> Also if you end up collecting data, I'd urge watching for
> other measures of walkability.
> Fred
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